What is Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that attacks the liver over time. It makes the liver inflamed and causes scarring and cirrhosis and in some cases can lead to liver failure and/or liver cancer.
Contrary to decreasing national trends, the rate of hepatitis C diagnosis among the Aboriginal population is on the rise. The rate of new hepatitis C infections in Aboriginal populations is between two and ten times higher than that in non-Aboriginal populations, depending on location.
Approximately 65,000 people in Victoria have hepatitis C. The population most at risk of acquiring hepatitis C are people who currently inject drugs including people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, prisoners, older people, and young injectors and/or new initiates to injecting drug use.
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